Office of Head Start

Dodge County Head Start is federally funded by the Office Of Head Start. The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are administered by the Office of Head Start, within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).

The Office of Head Start (OHS) administers grant funding and oversight to the agencies that provide Head Start services. OHS also provides federal policy direction and a training and technical assistance (T/TA) system to assist grantees in providing comprehensive services to eligible young children and their families.

The Office of Head Start was appropriated $8,598,095,000 for FY 2015, including:

  • $7,788,424,000 was awarded directly to public agencies, private nonprofit and for-profit organizations, tribal governments and school systems to operate Head Start programs in local communities.
  • $203,322,000 was appropriated towards training and technical assistance to improve the quality of services provided by grantees. Half that amount was awarded directly to grantees to be used for local T/TA, and the other half funded the national system.
  • $500,000,000 for Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership and Early Head Start Expansion.

More details around OHS funding can be found in the FY 2015 Fact Sheet. To learn about how to apply for a Head Start grant, see the Funding Opportunity section.

Learn more about the national Head Start program.

Fremont Area United Way

We partner with the Fremont Area United Way. The Fremont United Way works to advance the common good by focusing on education, income and health. Their goal is to create long-lasting changes that prevent problems from happening in the first place. Their vision for the Fremont area is to create solutions to community issues where they can make a difference, i.e. school readiness.

The Fremont Area United way concentrates on three key areas to create the building blocks of a good life:

  • Education – School success: Classroom Ready and High School Graduation Rate.
  • Income – Empower families to become financially stable and independent: Job Training, Financial Literacy and Basic Needs.
  • Health – Improving people’s health: Increase Health Education, Increase Access and Preventative Care.

Learn more about the Fremont Area United Way.

Fremont Family Coalition

We work with the Fremont Family Coalition. The Fremont Family Coalition provides Protective Factors that when present in a community and in families, will increase health and family well-being. These include: Concrete Supports; Parental Resilience; Nurturing and Attachment; Social Connections; Knowledge of Parenting and Child Development; and Social and Emotional Competence of Children.

Belief Statements:

  • Families need supportive communities to help them be strong.
  • Empowerment is the key to growth and sustainability.
  • There is no substitute for strong families to ensure that children and youth grow up to becapable adults.
  • Children can be best kept safe and acquire skills when families, friends, residents, andorganizations work together as partners.
  • Maximizing existing resources through increased collaboration decreases duplication of services.
  • Every family deserves access to resources that will enable them to build a better future.
  • Investment in prevention far outweighs the cost of intervention.
  • Children and families who experience socio-economic challenges are more likely to experience difficulties due to limited language skills, health concerns, social and emotional problems that impede development and success.

Learn more about the Fremont Family Coalition.